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2.0 out of 5 stars Old questions - still no answers, 30 May 2008
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This review is from: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (Paperback)
When I was reading the book from Daniel Dennett, a distinguished philosopher and director of Cambridge institute for cognitive studies, I was expecting to get some answers for questions why do humans believe in any deity or superstition.

Questions like:
- Why 80% of the world population so faithful to some kind of religion ?
- How can this be explained by psychology ?
- Is there a specific genetic predisposition for more religious behavior (nature not nurture) ?
- How is religion replacing the parental love with love for God from a specific age (7-years ?) on ?
- Why is rationality suppresses and what happens then in the brain ? (Like a scientists is writing his PhD for geology and study 500 million year old strata and is leaving his office/lab and *thinks* the earth is 6000 years old)

Dan Dennett is very carefully and `politically correct' talking around the problem to avoid offending anybody and is carefully considering the possibility to ask some of this old questions - unfortunately answers I had hoped for are not provided.
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Initial post: 26 Jun 2008 05:42:23 BDT
D. M. Ohara says:
" ... unfortunately answers I had hoped for are not provided. "
This is hardly to be wondered at, given Dennett's apriorist committment to what Popper called 'promissory materialism'.
Try Mary Midgley: her books are more likely to provide interesting answers to your questions.
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